The Finnish Broadcasting Company Ltd, or YLE, has public service duties laid down in law. For instance, YLE produces programmes and services in Finnish and Swedish - and also in the Saami language, Romani language and sign language. YLE's diverse programme services on the television, radio and internet must be accessible to all people in Finland, regardless of their income level or place of residence.
The administrative organs as laid down in law, ultimately the Administrative Council appointed by Parliament, are responsible for YLE's operations.
Since the beginning of 2013, YLE's public service duties have been funded by a public service broadcasting tax (also called YLE tax), which is 0.68 per cent of a taxpayer's total earned and capital income.
The amount of the public service broadcasting tax for businesses and other taxable entities is based on their taxable income. If the annual taxable income exceeds EUR 50,000, the tax will be EUR 140. The tax on the part exceeding the limit will be 0.35 per cent up to a maximum of EUR 3,000 per year.
The Government drafts legislation on the Finnish Broadcasting Company and ensures the funding of public service. The Government also decides on the radio frequencies allocated to the company.